Neuropathology

The Neuropathology Unit of the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology is responsible for the diagnosis of all biopsies of the central and peripheral nervous system and muscles, as well as all postmortem brain tissues. We are one of the largest neuropathology laboratories in the country, examining over 1,600 surgical specimens per year, including biopsies for brain tumors, infectious and inflammatory diseases, nerve and muscle diseases, dementias, and cerebrovascular disease.

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We also examine brains removed at autopsy. Many of these come from patients who expire at Columbia University Medical Center, others from patients who had been followed by one of our neurology services but die outside of the hospital. We manage a brain "bank," where we store thousands of samples of postmortem brain tissues, primarily from patients with neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, and a large number of other rarer disorders. These tissues are sent all over the country to research laboratories known for their work on neurodegenerative diseases.

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Neuropathology Laboratory
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
Department of Pathology and Cell Biology
630 W. 168th Street, Vanderbilt Clinic Building
14th Floor, VC14-241
New York, NY 10032

Phone: (212) 305-6719
Fax: (212) 305-2301

Slide Send Out Service

Phone: (212) 305-0958
Email: SlideSendoutreq@cumc.columbia.edu

Pathology Client Services

Phone: (800) 653-8200
Fax: (646) 426-0080
pathology-customerservice@columbia.edu

Faculty

  • Peter Canoll, MD, PhD

    • Director, Neuropathology Division; Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology at CUMC
  • Osama Al Dalahmah, MD, PhD

    • Assistant Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology
  • Phyllis L. Faust, MD, PhD

    • Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology at CUMC
  • James E. Goldman, MD, PhD

    • Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology
  • Gunnar Hargus, MD, PhD

    • Assistant Professor of Pathology & Cell Biology at CUMC
  • Michael Miller, MD, PhD

    • Assistant Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology at CUMC
  • Kurenai Tanji, MD, PhD

    • Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology at CUMC
  • Andrew F. Teich, MD, PhD

    • Assistant Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology
  • Jean-Paul G. Vonsattel, MD

    • Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology